Receiving corps dwindling

Posted by Darren Urban on August 26, 2010 – 8:26 am

I noted yesterday wide receiver Darren Mougey hurt his hand at practice yesterday. Kent Somers found out Mougey broke his hand, which obviously, sidelines him (and probably cost him any chance of sticking around). The Cards were already going to be without receivers Larry Fitzgerald (knee), Early Doucet (abdomen) and Andre Roberts (shoulder) against the Bears and now this. I wouldn’t think the Cards want to expose Steve Breaston too much given the circumstances, so it’ll be interesting how the playing time is divvied up in Chicago. Besides Breaston, the remaining healthy wideouts are Stephen Williams, Max Komar, Onrea Jones (pictured below), Ed Gant and Mike Jones.

Anyone looking for the quarterbacks to distinguish themselves through the air, by the way, should keep in mind that, besides Breaston, the remaining healthy receivers have a grand total of zero NFL regular-season receptions.

“It’s a good opportunity,” quarterback Matt Leinart said. “It is tough with the timing (of the passing game), but with Larry and Early out, we are building our chemistry as we go. This will be good for us in the long run, that’s the positive for these guys. They are making plays. It’s tough as you go along so it’s tough as a rookie when you are thrown in the mix.”

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Going down the hill

Posted by Darren Urban on August 21, 2010 – 11:16 am

And then it was over.

The last practice today was a lighter affair — the tempo was still good (these guys wanted to finish ASAP) but it was more slow-mo; for instance, on many of the passes, the DBs let up as the ball approached, just to make sure there wasn’t any stupid contact that could cause an injury. Then the final horn blew and Herman Johnson raised his helmet above his 6-foot-7 head and Tim Hightower chucked his jersey in the air in celebration.

Whisenhunt declined to talk about planned playing time for the Tennessee game. “We have a plan but a lot will depend on how it unfolds,” Whisenhunt said. “I would have never guessed we would have played (QB) Derek (Anderson) into the fourth quarter last week.”

The biggest news of the day was Whiz talking about last night’s rookie show, which included a skit where players — Whiz didn’t indicate who — imitated Whisenhunt, linebackers coach Matt Raich and Larry Fitzgerald doing a breakdancing routine. “We were actually quite good dancers,” Whisenhunt said, and when asked if it was then OK for the rookies to make fun of the head coach, Whiz replied “It didn’t seem to stop them. Guess the only way you can look at it is they feel a lot more comfortable with themselves.”

(P.S. This is a picture of WR Mike Jones. I took it this morning and I liked how it looked, so here it is.)

That’s it. Camp’s over, and I am outta here.

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Early will rest, battling the Titans and other stuff

Posted by Darren Urban on August 19, 2010 – 1:02 pm

Coach Ken Whisenhunt talked at lunch (it’s weird having so few morning practices, like again today). Among the topics:

— Wide receiver Early Doucet only has a “slim” chance at playing in Tennessee with his sore abdomen. Whiz said the Cards are just being cautious, and are going to be even more so with Larry Fitzgerald (knee) on the shelf. “Early could push through but you don’t know the long-term ramifications,” Whisenhunt said. “Our job is to make sure the main three guys (Fitz, Doucet and Steve Breaston) are available for the regular season.”

— Whisenhunt said after further review, he felt Wednesday night’s practice wasn’t bad. The Cards were throwing things in defensively that the offense hadn’t seen, he said, which was one of the reasons the defense was ahead. He also intentionally made things tougher for the offense. “It was a much better practice on tape than what the feel was,” Whisenhunt acknowledged.

— The Cards have three games in 11 days starting Monday, but Whisenhunt said it won’t be a huge deal. He did say it was important the team was staying in Nashville after the Tennessee game since the team wouldn’t have gotten back until the wee hours of Tuesday and then would have had to fly right back out three days later.

— The Cards are tentatively scheduled to practice with the Titans next Wednesday in the late afternoon in Tennessee and then have their own practice Thursday starting in the late morning.

— Whiz noted wide receiver Mike Jones made a couple of plays Wednesday night and it will be interesting to see, assuming Doucet is out with Fitz, if Jones can make any headway on the depth chart. Whiz wouldn’t commit to Stephen Williams running first unit in the Titans’ game either, saying he wanted to see where Ed Gant was in his recovery from a bad foot.

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Rouse released for Sun Devil wideout

Posted by Darren Urban on August 18, 2010 – 5:27 pm

The Cardinals, banged up at wide receiver and with three preseason games coming in an 11-day span, needed a wide receiver. And as unlucky as it is to get into a car accident that costs you practice time, there was always the chance safety Aaron Rouse would have been the odd man out anyway when a roster move was needed.

So it isn’t a shock that the Cardinals cut Rouse Wednesday to sign former Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones. Rouse got hurt in the Monday accident coming back to training camp. Rouse was signed because of injuries at safety and now, the Cards are healthy at the position. Jones has spent time with the Texans and Seahawks since going undrafted in 2009. With Larry Fitzgerald (knee) and Early Doucet (abdomen) hurting, the Cards need someone who can take some reps. The team doesn’t want to overwork Steve Breaston either.

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